Lizet van Donkersgoed studied piano and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg in 1984. After studying Musicology, Social Sciences and Philosophy, she became interested in ethics. This inspired her to explore both spiritual (Western esoteric) knowledge and Eastern wisdom traditions. Her need for a more pragmatic approach led her to study Law at Radboud University in Nijmegen, where she obtained her master’s degree in 2002.
After working as a junior notary for a number of years, she started as Ethics lecturer within the HU University of Applied Sciences’ Social Legal Services degree programme. Her participation in the University of Humanistics’ DBA (Doctorate Business Administration) course made her enthusiastic about setting up a PhD project that would allow her to bridge a bridge between the classroom and practice as a ‘reflexive practitioner’.
She was introduced to Dian Marie Hosking and, through her, to the social-scientific metatheory of relational constructionism. This led to the launch of a parallel programme of inquiry. She investigated ethics from a new perspective: one that increasingly appealed to her since it seemed to embrace the core concepts of many of the wisdom traditions she had encountered over the years. This dissertation testifies to this on-going development.
Fields of expertise
- Wisdom traditions
- Relational constructionism